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English Speech Informing College Students On Eating Disorders

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Health Visitor Informing College / Sixth Form Pupils On Eating Disorders Hello ladies and gentlemen, for those who don't already know me I'm your local Health Advisor Dr. Craft. I apologise for interrupting your crucial studies but I can assure you that it is necessary. I'm here today to talk to you about various eating disorders due to new statistics proving that you, sat in front of me now, are extremely prone to forming an eating disorder at your current age. So what is an eating disorder? Well, an eating disorder is like when you've got a serious problem with food. I don't mean your everyday problems like calorie intake or whether you've eaten something a bit dodgy - what I mean is when you sort of have a dysfunctional relationship with food, when it starts getting out of control. To sum it up a sort of out of control eating problem whether your eating too much or not enough. If this were to develop further I doubt you'd actually grasp the reality of the situation. I mean at first you don't absorb the effects of the eating problem you would probably be in full-on denial. The two eating problems we, as a collective group, will be focusing on in the next half hour are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. ...read more.


Sufferers are also very private about their eating disorder; therefore you feel isolated and ashamed but still persist in binging as it helps to reach a false sense of happiness. Once again DSM-IV uncovered four main symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa: You would have numerous periods of binge eating, when you frequently misuse laxatives or when you frequently become obsessed with self-induced vomiting prolonged at a rate of twice or more a week over a three-month period and finally your self-evaluation, the way you judge your body, solely focusing on weight and body shape. The devastating effects of Bulimia Nervosa in both you young men and you young ladies are as follows; depression, tooth decay, heartburn, constipation, swollen face, irregular menstrual periods, dehydration, a sore throat, upset stomach, flaky skin and weight fluctuations leading to death. You don't want this at all, wouldn't you rather enjoy life than be in considerable pain? Unfortunately, Bulimia Nervosa is extremely hard to detect by onlookers such as parents or teachers, as the damage is mainly on the inside of your body unlike Anorexia Nervosa, which is more obvious to detect as the damage is shown on the outside of your body. Bulimia Nervosa is serious; it can cause permanent damage to your teeth, stomach and heart leading to fainting, heart failure and death! ...read more.


And finally, remember that thin is not necessarily beautiful, what you should focus on is the person inside. If you think you may have an eating disorder this is what you should do. It is important that you speak to me after everyone has returned to their studies, I'm here for the majority of the day and can be found either in the staff room or Room 49. If you are too nervous or scared to inform me of your worries talk to an adult you trust such as your parent or guardian, teacher, a relative or even a close friend. They can help you come to terms with your responsibility to get your worries cleared. Your life may depend on whether you choose or don't choose to tell someone about your worries. Is it possible to recover from an eating disorder? Yes, it is possible although an eating disorder is difficult for anyone to overcome. Beating an eating disorder such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa can be an uphill struggle but with commitment, patience and support from family and friends it can be achieved! Does anyone have any additional questions? Remember, treatment is always available for eating disorders and you are not alone. You all have a bright future ahead of you, thank you for your time, you may return to your studies. Word Count: 1,661 Philip Craft English Coursework To Inform ...read more.

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